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    Year of the Salvia Nemorosa

    Origin: Eurasia Family: Lamiacea Genus: Salvia Uses: Salvia can be used as perennial borders, cottage gardens, butterfly gardens, wild gardens or along paths. Tolerances: Deer, Drought, Dry Soil, Air Pollution Fun Fact: The sage you...

    Year of the Pumpkin

    Origin: Central American Family: Cucubitaceae Genus: Cucurbita Includes: Various species of Cucurbita pepo, which includes varieties of winter squash, summer squash, zucchini, and gourds Uses: Pumpkins are a staple for fall decorations and recipes —...

    Year of the Dahlia

    Origin: Mexico and Guatemala Family: Asteraceae Genus: Dahlia Uses: Dahlias can be used for dyeing — all dahlias produce warm yellows and oranges with an alum mordant and greens with iron mordants. Dyeing...

    Year of the Snapdragon

    Origin: Mediterranean region, parts of the Middle East and North Africa Family: Plantaginaceae Genus: Antirrhinum Uses: Snapdragons can be used for biennial culture like pansies, because they can develop robust spring plants....

    Purdue Scientists Nail Down Important Plant Compound Pathway

    Purdue University plant molecular biochemist Natalia Dudareva and colleagues have described a complete second pathway used by plants to produce phenylalanine, a compound important for all living organisms. Phenylalanine is...

    Mackenzie Trader Thinks Drones Are the Next Big Thing

    At the 30th Annual Independent Professional Seed Association Conference in Indian Wells, California, Alex Martin sat down with IPSA scholar Mackenzie Trader, an undergraduate at Rend Lake College in...

    Build It and They Will Grow

    Universities and state legislatures across the country see the need for and potential of investing in plant science centers. Interest is strong among universities to invest in plant science research....

    Rakesh Kumar Loves Cantaloupe, but Gives Cucumber and Watermelon a Fair Shake, Too

    Rakesh Kumar, melon R&D team lead at Syngenta, talks about why he's got such a passion for fruit and how it fits into Syngenta's portfolio. Interview conducted at Cucurbitaceae 2018...

    Allen Van Deynze Loves the Fact He’s Not Deprived of Cucurbits Anymore

    Allen Van Deynze is a researcher in the Department of Plant Sciences, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of California — Davis. Originally from Canada, he...

    Delivering the Whole Package

    For every $1 million invested in varieties developed by the Crop Development Centre, producers make over $7 million. Here’s how the CDC has accomplished this. The key to success in...

    Free the Seed

    Is there any source of germplasm without restrictions? Intellectual Property (IP) surrounds almost everything in research and is increasingly important when it comes to protecting new varieties that companies produce;...

    Jim McCreight and Zhangjun Fei: The CucCAP Project and Making Better Melons

    Jim McCreight, USDA research leader in crop improvement and protection research in Salinas, Calif., and Boyce Thompson Institute associate professor Zhangjun Fei, talk about the important work being done by...

    Paradee Thammapichai Hopes You’ll One Day See Orange Cucumbers on the Shelf

    Paradee Thammapichai is a graduate student in the plant genetics program at the University of Wisconsin — Madison working on genomics-aided development and characterization of Cucumis hystrix introgression lines in cucumber....

    CRISPR-CAS9 Used To Modify Seed Morphology Traits In Wheat

    Genome editing using the CRISPR-Cas9 system has the potential to speed up the improvement of wheat varieties by elucidating the molecular basis of agronomic traits and enabling the modification...
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    Pre-Breeding 101

    It’s been around for a long time, but why has pre-breeding become a new buzzword? The world’s climate is changing, and that means the advances made by the Green...
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    New CRISPR-based Technology Developed to Control Pests With Precision-Guided Genetics

    Combining historical lessons with modern genetic technologies, scientists at the University of California San Diego have developed a new way to control and suppress populations of insects, potentially including...